WOBURN – The Tufts University women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Regional final for the second straight year with a 5-0 victory over Rhode Island College on Saturday morning at the Woburn Racquet Club.
The Jumbos (13-6) will play either MIT or Colby-Sawyer College with a berth into the national quarterfinals on the line Sunday at noon. The Engineers and the Chargers play in Saturday's other second-round game at 1:30 p.m.
Tufts needed fewer than 90 minutes to secure their NCAA second-round victory today. They rolled through doubles in barely a half-hour, then won in fourth and sixth singles to clinch the victory.
The #2 doubles pair of senior Lauren Louks and freshman Patricia Obeid was first off with an 8-1 win over RIC's Katherine Braganca and Emily Orticerio. The #3 duo of Kat Wiley with Zoe Miller stormed to another 8-1 victory against Grace Zangari and Victoria Vittori. The Jumbos finished doubles with juniors Mina Karamercan and Otilia Popa's 8-2 victory at #1 versus Dayna Reilly and Laurel Ten Eyck.
In singles play, Miller at #4 wrapped up a 6-1, 6-0 win against Lauren Ten Eych for a 4-0 lead. Jumbo junior tri-captain Julia Keller did not lose a game while posting her 6-0, 6-0 win at #6 against Vittori for the 5-0 final.
Sunday's Regional champion will move on to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships May 21-23 at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California.